Pa. Voters Broadly Support Natural gas, Manufacturing Growth

Proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing considered extreme, would “devastate” region’s economy. Banning the safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing, as some candidates have proposed, is a policy stance out of touch with the views of Pennsylvania voters, two articles in the New York Times and Washington Post find. Pennsylvanians on both sides of the political […]

Independent Studies Confirm Fracking Poses No Threat to Drinking Water

Safe, responsible natural gas development has little to no impact on water quality in Pennsylvania, according to two recently released academic studies. A peer-reviewed study conducted by a team of geoscientists and computer scientists at Penn State University found that fracking is not a major threat to groundwater – and, in fact, identified “an overall […]

Natural Gas Infrastructure Key to Realizing Shale’s Opportunity

The pipelines that enable the safe transportation of America’s clean-burning natural gas resources also create and support good jobs as well as affordable energy for consumers and manufacturers. As MSC president Dave Spigelmyer wrote recently in a Delaware Co. Times column, “To fully capitalize on our region’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources we must remain […]

What They’re Saying About Clean-Burning American Natural Gas

The U.S. is on track to export more natural gas than it imports for the first time in 60 years, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). The administration credits America’s “abundant supply of shale gas” for the historic shift, noting that our nation’s resource base can support both growing domestic and international energy […]

“Made in U.S.A” a Reality Thanks to Natural Gas

Natural gas development is energizing American manufacturing growth and driving down energy costs for consumers, according to two new reports from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Commissioned by NAM, the new IHS study finds that American natural gas development is helping to create good-paying jobs, and giving […]

MSC Earth Day Column: Natural Gas Enhances Our Environment

While Earth Day is recognized once a year, we all have an obligation to ensure that we’re taking daily steps aimed at protecting and enhancing our environment. After all, as the saying goes, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Earth Day provides an important opportunity to take […]

Natural Gas: Earth Day’s Shining Star

Thanks to clean-burning natural gas, America is making meaningful environmental gains, while producing the reliable, affordable energy needed to power our economy. This week, MSC president David Spigelmyer took the opinion pages of The Intelligencer to underscore some of these key facts. In a column titled “We can produce energy and still protect the environment,” […]

Fracking Bans Harm Middle-Class Families, Union Jobs, Environment

In the height of political campaigns, it’s often hard to separate fact and fiction. This is especially true as it relates tightly-regulated, job-creating natural gas development. Despite what some political candidates say, hydraulic fracturing is a safe, proven technology that is delivering energy savings for American families and manufacturers. What’s more, greater natural gas is […]

Fact-Checking Higher Energy Tax Claims

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry – and the tens of thousands of local workers across hundreds of small- and medium-sized regional businesses and building trades unions – is facing historic financial challenges, forcing dozens of energy and supply chain companies to dramatically reduce investments, close their doors, enter bankruptcy and lay off tens of thousands of […]

Natural Gas Delivers Holiday Savings for Consumers

Thanks to our region’s abundant natural gas resources, consumer heating costs are falling, delivering significant energy savings for local families and small businesses. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer told KDKA-TV this week: “The reason [consumers] are going to pay less to heat their home, cook their food, dry their clothes, heat their hot water is the […]

Top Ten Shale Highlights of 2015

In what has been described as the “strongest card in America’s hand ” – both economically and environmentally – domestic shale development continues to be a game-changer. Despite the ongoing market challenges, Pennsylvania’s “record-breaking” natural gas production was driven by the industry’s focus on efficiency and innovation. As more clean-burning natural gas is safely produced, a […]

What They’re Saying: Shale the “Strongest Card in America’s Hand”

As the global climate talks kick off in Paris, the clear environmental benefits of natural gas are making headlines. Thanks to shale gas, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced more than any other country and power sector CO2 emissions have plummeted to 27-year lows. Beyond this historic environmental progress, shale is enhancing American energy […]

Shale “an Absolute Winner” for Pennsylvania

Today, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer joined WPGP radio’s Rose Tennent for an in-depth discussion on the significant economic and national security benefits associated with responsible shale development as well as the negative consequences of even higher energy taxes. Highlights from the segment: On Consumer, End Use Benefits “A great story as we enter this winter season is natural gas prices are less than […]

Dartmouth Study: Shale Creates Significant Economic Benefits

A new National Bureau of Economic Research study led by Dartmouth College experts examines the economic and job-creating impact of shale development, enabled by fracking, within 100 miles of active drilling locations. Commenting on the study’s findings, Dartmouth economics professor Bruce Sacerdote notes that “It’s surprising just how much of the revenue, how large the benefits are […]

Pennsylvanians Benefitting from Affordable Energy

Locally produced, affordable natural gas is delivering important consumer savings, boosting our economy, improving air quality, and strengthening America’s “diplomatic clout.” Yet a recently released Fitch Ratings report reflects the fact that even higher energy taxes — at a time when the industry is facing incredible headwinds — threaten these benefits. The credit agency explains […]

Top 10 Halloween Items Made with Natural Gas

There’s a good chance your Halloween will be filled with products made with petrochemicals sourced from natural gas and oil. Here are several of the many common Halloween products made possible by natural gas!

MSC in Patriot-News: PennLive’s ‘Shale Bargain’ series just repackaged tired claims

“If the goal of your report about natural gas drilling was to gratuitously frighten Pennsylvanians, then congratulations on a job well done. If it was to deliver an evenhanded examination of the critical balance that must be achieved between job creation, energy independence and environmental protection in regions with large natural gas deposits, then it […]

Key Context & Facts on Patriot-News’ Shale Series

The Patriot-News’ multi-day series on shale development – which launched on Monday – rehashes a handful of old stories and previously debunked claims. The MSC was a participant in this wide ranging series and spoke with the lead reporters Candy Woodall and Wallace McKelvey over the past several months in an effort to provide fact- […]

SHALE: “MADE IN THE USA”

Increased production of America’s clean-burning natural gas resources – led by the Marcellus – continues to create game-changing consumer, manufacturing and environmental benefits. To be sure, homegrown shale is lowering consumer energy costs for families and small businesses; manufacturers are reshoring back to America; and with every new natural gas power plant constructed, our air […]

Newspaper Editorials Tout American Natural Gas Benefits, Safety

From coast-to-coast, newspaper editorials continue to highlight the clear economic, environmental and national security benefits associated with safe shale development as well as the highly-regulated use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Here’s what other newspaper editorials are saying about America’s energy renaissance that’s creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, renewing our manufacturing sector’s potential […]

New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Voters Support Shale

Pennsylvanians and Americans “overwhelmingly support” the safe and proven use of hydraulic fracturing to produce clean-burning natural gas, according to a national survey by Robert Morris University’s Polling Institute. Here are key poll takeaways: Support for fracing has also increased significantly – moving from 42.3% in 2013 to 55.9% majority today. Additionally, support for fracing […]

Harvard Study: Shale the “Single Largest Opportunity to Improve Trajectory of U.S. Economy”

A new Harvard Business School and Boston Consulting Group  report, titled America’s Unconventional Energy Opportunity, examines the “unprecedented, once-in-a-generation opportunity” that the U.S. energy revolution is delivering to all Americans. According to the Harvard experts’ analysis, in 2014 American energy development contributed $430 billion to U.S. GDP; supported 2.7 million jobs; saved of the average […]

Newspaper Editorials Across America Tout EPA’s Fact-Based Findings

Newspaper editorials across the nation are touting the Environmental Protection Agency’s hydraulic fracturing findings. Specifically, EPA’s landmark report concludes that tightly-regulated shale development and the use of hydraulic fracturing is “a workable and safe process” that “has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” EPA’s fact-based findings add to the growing body […]

Five Facts About Natural Gas Development & Radon Claims

A new study – led by Brian Schwartz, a fellow at the staunchly anti-oil and natural gas Post Carbon Institute (PCI) – is a classic display of advocacy-driven “research.” It’s unfortunate, yet not unexpected, that some anti-shale activists continue to make claims based purely on hypothetic and perhaps pre-determined narrative-driven ‘cause and effect’ conclusions. Thankfully, […]

MSC lays out the “Marcellus Facts” in Butler Eagle

A recent letter to the editor from Len Schoettker is riddled with misinformation and claims that simply run contrary to the facts. Eagle readers and my neighbors in Butler County deserve accurate information, not rhetoric designed to divide this community and instill fear. Here are some important facts and context: According to the U.S. Environmental […]

American Natural Gas Delivers “Tremendous Small Business and Job Growth”

A new report out this week by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council – a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization advocating on behalf of small businesses nationwide – found that the energy industry is “adding new businesses and jobs at a far greater pace than the overall economy.” The analysis also found that […]

Pennsylvania Tops List of U.S. “Energy Giants”

The responsible development of clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale continues to reach record levels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest monthly drilling productivity report. At current production levels, the Marcellus Shale is on track to produce 25 percent of America’s natural gas demand in 2015. And to think that in 2008, Pennsylvania […]

Marcellus Offers “Transformational” Opportunities for our Region, Nation

The U.S. is now the World’s largest producer of natural gas, and America’s “most incredible natural gas play” – the Marcellus – is leading the way. What comes with that title is an overwhelmingly positive wave of benefits to consumers, small businesses, local economies, the manufacturing sector and our environment. One of those benefits, the […]

MSC in New York Times: Methane Claims “Based on Flawed Research”

Anthony R. Ingraffea’s most recent attack on natural gas (“Gangplank to a Warm Future,” Op-Ed, July 29) is based on flawed research. As Mr. Ingraffea hangs onto his 2011 paper’s assertions about methane controls, science has emerged and passed him by. He conveniently does not mention the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory, released in […]

What They Are Saying About Safe, Job-Creating American Natural Gas Production

Pittsburgh, PA. ­– More jobs, a stronger competitive edge for America in the global economy, and strengthened national energy security. These are among the many clear and undeniable benefits associated with the responsible development of clean-burning American natural gas, which is Powering an American Renaissance. And here’s what they’re saying: BROAD-BASED ECONOMIC BENEFITS TIED TO […]

US News & World Report – An Energy Lifeline: Fracking a Game-Changer for U.S. Economy

The natural gas boom in the United States could change the global energy picture — and life for the people of southwestern Pennsylvania in particular By Meg Handley MSC president Kathryn Klaber: Natural gas is “a world-class resource” WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA.—Driving along the narrow roads of southwest Pennsylvania through the hamlet of West Middletown, you […]

Support for American Natural Gas Broad, Growing

Given the clear benefits associated with natural gas — more jobs, a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and strengthened energy security — it’s no surprise that the American people, especially those across Appalachia, continue to show broad support for the safe development of this abundant, job-creating resource. In fact, a recent Siena College poll — […]